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I am currently a non-believer in any religion for a multitude of reasons, but as I have not explored religion fully (I am only 17) I remain open. I was brought up in a Christian family, but the main reason I fail to understand God and/or the Bible is due to my circumstances. I have and continue to suffer from recurring depression disorder; this has lead to many philosophical moments and much thinking time. For a period, I hated God with a gusto, trying to make others open their eyes through finding problems with their beliefs, for why had God given me my depression? What had I done? And, more importantly, what screwed up deity worth believing in would do this, not just to me but the debilitating effect on my family? I have answered some of the questions myself but want to know more. This site seemed the best place to start my journey, for not believing in a God has its problems. At the moment, I have no purpose in life, at times little to live for and when I look hard into why we exist, it seems to come down to random chance and therefore no reason at all.

Today when I was thinking, I came across a new question: “Why does God, who is omibelovelent, send those that fail to understand or believe in him to hell?” If someone is all-caring (and I try my best to be, but as everyone knows, it is impossible for humans can only care for so many at a time without caring for themselves) surely they would realise that someone like me would fail to understand and therefore, when I die, he would show himself to me and then I would realise my mistake and give myself to him wholly?

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Hi Matthew. This is certainly a place where Christian views will differ wildly. People might try to offer you advice from their own perspectives, but that's not really the purpose of this site. Christianity Stack Exchange exists to answer questions such as "What does [denomination] teach about [X]?", not "Which belief about [X] is true?" You could ask what a certain denomination teaches about theodicy or universalism, and these questions would be answerable, but this one really isn't. –  TRiG Dec 8 '13 at 2:49
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See the answers to any or all of these. Trig is correct here in that this question is not a good fit for this site. You may get many different answers, and not get a single one that's convincing to you, but that's the rub... This site's purpose isn't evangelism and we're not here to convince anyone. Please see How we are different than other sites? –  David Stratton Dec 8 '13 at 3:33
    
While the question as a whole is of a pastoral nature, note that the core question "Why does God, who is omibelovelent send those that fail to understand or believe in him to hell?" is quite on-topic. The question could be edited down to that perhaps. –  curiousdannii Dec 8 '13 at 4:18
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@curiousdannii: As such, it's a likely duplicate of Good person going to hell simply for not believing? –  Ryan Frame Dec 8 '13 at 4:53

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Paul says in Romans that everyone understands enough about God to be condemned (Romans 1:18-25, NIV):

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

God has revealed something to himself to everyone, enough that they know his power, and enough that they know their own sinfulness.

Whether God reveals enough for everyone to repent and trust in God is a much harder question to answer.

(There are people who are severely intellectually disabled. The Bible doesn't clearly state how God will judge them, but neither does it explicitly excuse them.)

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And Paul is clearly talking through his arse. Might I remind you of the guidance not to answer this kind of question, but to direct the user to chat or to offsite resources instead? –  TRiG Dec 8 '13 at 2:42
    
@TRiG The asker is not able to communicate in the chatrooms. You need to have more than 20 points to communicate in the chatrooms. Off-site resources may be the better option. –  Anonymous Dec 8 '13 at 2:46
    
The question was asked in a pastoral way, but the core question of "Why does God, who is omibelovelent send those that fail to understand or believe in him to hell?" is definitely on topic. –  curiousdannii Dec 8 '13 at 3:17

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